Valentine’s Day isn’t just for candlelit dinners and romantic walks on the beach; it’s a time to celebrate all forms of love. Whether you’re spending the day with your other half, friends, family, or your favourite furry companion, we’ve got you covered with a list of non-romantic date ideas that are just as fun.

Say goodbye to traditional notions of Valentine’s Day and embrace a day filled with laughter, adventure, and connection. Here are ten unique and non-romantic date ideas to make this Valentine’s Day memorable.

While dinner at a fancy restaurant is all the rage on Valentine’s Day, organising a get-together with some of your best mates may be even better. Gather your friends for a competitive game night filled with board games, card games, and maybe even a friendly video game tournament. It’s all about good-natured rivalry and endless laughter—some recommendations: Monopoly, UNO, Cranium, Pictureka, and Jenga.

Put your teamwork to the test by tackling an escape room challenge. It’s a thrilling and engaging way to work together to solve puzzles and escape within a time limit. We’ve had our hand at this, and let’s just say it takes real teamwork to solve all the challenges.

3. DIY pizza party
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Forget the fancy restaurant and create your own pizza masterpiece at home. Set up a DIY pizza bar with various toppings, sauces, and cheeses for a fun and delicious bonding experience.

Take the celebrations outside and enjoy the beauty of nature with a picnic and hike. Pack your favourite snacks, find a scenic spot, and set off on a leisurely hike, taking in the sights and sounds of the outdoors with your friends or family.

5. Karaoke night
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Belt out your favourite tunes with friends at a karaoke night. It’s a fantastic way to let loose, showcase your vocal talents (or lack thereof), and create lasting memories. Nothing is better for the soul than belting out some of the cult classics from yesteryears.

Head to a local comedy club for a night filled with much-needed belly laughs. Comedy shows are a perfect way to enjoy a no-frills evening without the pressure of a formal, romantic setting. We highly recommend this one.

7. Board game outing
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Explore a board game cafe where you can discover and play a variety of games together. It’s a unique and entertaining way to spend quality time without the typical Valentine’s Day clichés.

Tap into your inner Van Gogh with an art jamming session, and if you’re feeling fancy, you can do it over some vino. Whether you’re a seasoned painter or a first-timer, it’s a fantastic way to express creativity and enjoy each other’s company.

9. Outdoor Movie Night
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Okay, hear us out. We know Malaysia can be pretty hot and sticky, but pick the right location and time, and you can do wonders: create a cosy outdoor movie experience in your backyard or at a local park. Bring blankets and snacks, and enjoy a non-traditional movie night under the stars.

Sign up for a cooking class with your buddies and upskill this Valentine’s Day; learn how to prepare delicious dishes of a new cuisine together. It’s a hands-on experience that combines teamwork and the joy of creating food together.